What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?

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OrchestralNut

Well, here it is folks....... by popular demand, I am certain.  ;)

Our own thread dedicated to listening to ballet music!

Similar to the "What Opera Are You Listening..." thread, it seemed appropriate to recognize this music separately.

Happy Listening, Folks!  :)

OrchestralNut

As for me, disc 5 of this marvelous set.

Weber - Invitation to the Dance (orchestrated by Berlioz)

Chopin - Les Sylphides (orchestrated by Roy Douglas)

Strauss family - Bal de Vienne from act II of Die Fledermaus

Luigini - *Ballet Egyptien

National Philharmonic Orchestra
*London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Bonynge


Florestan

Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.



Believe it or not, it was the first time I ever listened to the whole thing.

As an aside, why is a thread dealing with orchestral, non-vocal music filed under Opera and Vocal? ;D

"Art is no excuse for boring people." - Jules Renard

OrchestralNut

Quote from: Florestan on March 08, 2021, 11:47:54 AM
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.



Believe it or not, it was the first time I ever listened to the whole thing.

As an aside, why is a thread dealing with orchestral, non-vocal music filed under Opera and Vocal? ;D

Looks like a mighty great recording there Andrei.

Well, the Opera and Vocal sub forum is kind of a catch-all for music for the stage or theatre, me thinks. Hence, why ballet music is included in this area.

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Quote from: Florestan on March 08, 2021, 11:47:54 AMAs an aside, why is a thread dealing with orchestral, non-vocal music filed under Opera and Vocal? ;D

This is the very question I've encountered several times when posting a thread about a Debussy, Ravel, etc. ballet and here's something to consider: under the 'Opera and Vocal' heading on the forum's homepage, this section is described as the following:

This board is for discussion of all vocal, opera and staged music, including ballet.
"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók


Florestan

Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 08, 2021, 11:58:27 AM
Well, the Opera and Vocal sub forum is kind of a catch-all for music for the stage or theatre, me thinks. Hence, why ballet music is included in this area.

Quote from: Mirror Image on March 08, 2021, 04:07:11 PM
under the 'Opera and Vocal' heading on the forum's homepage, this section is described as the following:

This board is for discussion of all vocal, opera and staged music, including ballet.

Ah, okay, got it now.
"Art is no excuse for boring people." - Jules Renard

OrchestralNut

Quote from: Florestan on March 08, 2021, 11:47:54 AM
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.



Believe it or not, it was the first time I ever listened to the whole thing.

Inspired by Andrei's post from yesterday, I am listening to my favourite performance of Swan Lake (favourite performance pretty much of any ballet really).

Bonynge conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra, 1975 recording.

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#7
NP: Stravinsky Petrushka, Pulcinella (Chailly et. al.)



Stravinsky is, by far, my favorite composer of ballet music. There is such breadth in the variety of music he composed for this medium. From the opulent beauty of Apollon Musagète to the comical hijinks of Jeu de cartes to the classically-informed serialism of Agon, there's no denying that he was truly one of greats.
"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók


Florestan

Quote from: Mirror Image on March 09, 2021, 10:18:32 AM
NP: Stravinsky Petrushka, Pulcinella (Chailly et. al.)



Stravinsky is, by far, my favorite composer of ballet music. There is such breadth in the variety of music he composed for this medium. From the opulent beauty of Apollon Musagète to the comical hijinks of Jeu de cartes to the classically-informed serialism of Agon, there's no denying that he was truly one of greats.

I'm not a Stravinsky fan but Petrushka is in my top 3 ballets, together with The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet --- coincidentally, all Russian. And that CD is my favorite all Stravinsky CD hands down.
"Art is no excuse for boring people." - Jules Renard

vandermolen

"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Quote from: Florestan on March 09, 2021, 11:01:20 AM
I'm not a Stravinsky fan but Petrushka is in my top 3 ballets, together with The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet --- coincidentally, all Russian. And that CD is my favorite all Stravinsky CD hands down.

[See listening thread.] ;)
"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók


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NP: Szymanowski Harnasie, Op. 55 (Antoni Wit et. al.)

"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók


k a rl h e nn i ng

Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

OrchestralNut


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"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók


k a rl h e nn i ng

Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

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Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 12, 2021, 06:48:09 AM
DRD leading the Stuttgarters

Ah yes, this recording:



I own this one as well, but I should revisit it.
"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók


vandermolen

#17
Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit.
Now - 'La Création du Monde':
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Daverz



The man could actually write attractive music.

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Quote from: Daverz on March 14, 2021, 12:17:43 PM


The man could actually write attractive music.

His highly dissonant, Modernist works are attractive to me. So there is no 'could', he did write attractive throughout his entire life.
"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók